Dwayne Bowe is being set up to fail.
Dwayne Bowe is being set up to fail.
He simply cannot and will not ever win over Kansas City Chiefs fans. The Bowe Show is back in full force and for the Chiefs and their followers, that may not be such a good thing.
I walked into the Chiefs’ locker room at Arrowhead Stadium after Sunday’s 31-13 win over Arizona and my eyes could not and did not want to believe what they were seeing.
A horde of sports reporters armed with heat-inducing television cameras, sparkling new digital voice recorders, worn notepads and near dried ball point pins possed up at Bowe’s locker room stall and dug in.
Bowe, Kansas City’s talented wide receiver and dynamic playmaker, had just put together another fine game and unlike other times this year, he decided to talk with the media after hauling in six catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
My thoughts when I saw Bowe being swarmed by the paparazzi-looking collection? Bowe don’t do it. It’s a set-up. Those reporters will turn on you the next time you drop a pass or a potential game-clinching touchdown (i.e. after the Indianapolis and Houston games) or when you say something off the cuff such as: “Definitely we’re going to win it all. I can’t guarantee it, but I can tell you we’re going to win it all.”
Bowe made the statement during the postgame interview for all to hear and see. His self-anointed “Bowe Show” had been canceled by the Chiefs’ upper brass and for good reason. Statements like that don’t help his cause at all. They can and will be used against him.
The 6-foot-2, 210 pound receiver had encountered all sorts of messes in his four seasons in Kansas City, including being suspended four games last season for violating the NFL’s policy on illegal substances. Bowe’s infamous foot-in-his mouth “import” quote before the start of training camp this season prompted the team’s muzzle.
In media exile, Bowe’s performance has truly been Pro-Bowl caliber, minus a crucial drop or two here and there. Coming off a career-high 13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Denver, Bowe followed up with another two-touchdown performance against Arizona, the fourth time this season he had amassed two touchdowns in a game.
He set a club record streak of six consecutive games with at least a touchdown reception and has already set a career high with 11 touchdowns receptions, one off the club mark for a season. In Bowe’s last six games he has 36 receptions for 563 yards and 10 touchdowns, all Pro-Bowl type numbers.
With so much success staying low – or as he said Sunday, keeping his head down and his mouth shut – Bowe has truly embodied the state mantra of just “Show-Me” and I’d hate to see him lose that edge.
Some in the sports media are piranhas. They live for the next foolish comment that comes out of an athlete’s mouth, the next young, dumb and immature mistake that many have made. Dwayne Bowe is of the hip-hop generation. Much of the media that covers the Chiefs lie somewhere between Mozart, Beethoven, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.
Yeah, I’m generalizing a bit, but it’s far from a stretch. They don’t understand Bowe’s antics and neither do a lot of fans. Some have clamored for the days when Bowe is an ex-Chief. Some have thought it, others have said it and a few have printed it, so it’s not like I’m trying to stir the pot. I’ve seen, heard and read it for myself that a number of fans and media types don’t want Bowe or his bravado anywhere near One Arrowhead Drive.
All I can say is don’t trust ‘em. If shutting out the media, and toning down the Bowe Show has resulted in a Pro-Bowl caliber first 10 games, then I’m all for the silent treatment in the next six.
What I saw Sunday in the Chiefs’ locker room looked like nothing but a good old fashion set-up and I wish Bowe hadn’t fell for the okey-doke and stayed true to his stance of not talking to the media this season. I wish he would have continued to let his play do the talking and let the chips fall where they may instead of giving some of those that need it more ammunition to usher the wide receiver out of Kansas City. I don’t know how Bowe’s interaction with the media will pan out the rest of the season, but my gut feeling tells me he may have made a mistake coming out and speaking up.